Sunday, March 25, 2007

Burning Up At Bristol

Brian was on the hot seat — literally — at Bristol.
His Team Red Bull Toyota encountered an exhaust problem that leaked fumes and heat into the cockpit, and as Brian grew hotter and hotter the No. 83 team tried to slip some padding atop his burning seat and floorboard. Ice helped cool him off, too, and waiting for him after 504 long laps was fresh oxygen and a precautionary visit to the care center. But, like the trooper he is, Brian picked up five crucial bonus points for leading a lap and finished on the lead circuit in 15th.
And then there was AJ's first Nextel Cup race. His No. 84 spent 80 or so laps in the garage while right-side damage was repaired. AJ returned and was running at the finish in 40th.

52 Comments:

Anonymous Dawn said...

aww, poor Brian. I hope he feels better.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job. good luck next week

3:42 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

Nice solid day TRB!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brain get rid of your hybrid cars ,what next your going to hang out with al gore. great job today

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Job Guys :) For the races you qualify, you are the best Toyota team out there. :) Now WHEN Brian makes the Top 35 in owner points, he will win in only a matter of time. xD

4:04 PM  
Blogger FSUPooh83 said...

Poor Brian, I was listening to him on trackpass and felt sooo bad for him. GREAT job even with everything that happened!! SO PROUD of the whole Red Bull team!! Way to go guys, on to Martinsville!

Feel better, Brian!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous 83GIVZUWINGZ said...

Awesome job today Brian!!!! We are so proud of you and the 83 crew!!! Y'all hung on and finished great--the top 35 is getting so close!!!

We hope you feel better Brian!! Get some ice cold Red Bull and crank up the A/C ;)

WE BELIEVE!!!

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Mark C said...

All in all a good weekend for TRB. Steady progress is what it's going to take. The hard work and strong will are no doubt going to pay off.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you cant be a race car driver and then drive a hybrid car

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

al gore called and said thanks

4:45 PM  
Anonymous mouse said...

Hey, haven't you guys heard that driving a hybrid is a sign of intelligence?! (And as a Prius owner, I'm completely unbiased...)

Nice work at Bristol!

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

We were listening to it on the scanner. Just felt so bad for him. Please let us know how he is doing. Hopefully he can take it easy, ice his rear, and just call it a night.

It was a great race for the 83. He led a lap, got 5 points, and had a solid Top 15 finish. Way to go Brian and the entire 83 team.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I was listening to Brian on the scanner today, and he really pulled through like a trooper. Today was definitely all about team work, and all of the Red Bull guys did an amazing job! Keep up the great effort guys :]

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both cars were in the race and both cars finished (maybe not on the lead lap but finished non-the-less). Just keep plugging guys, slowly but surely things are improving. Great job today!

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

having a prius makes you un american

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

who cars about the prius or al gore? I thought the point of this was to congratulate the boys on a good day?

5:31 PM  
Blogger Curt said...

lol, Prius, that's hillarious. anyways Dawn's right, great job #83 team. leading that lap makes it feel like a 10th place for me, eventhough i know it doesn't credit as much points, but hey it's their 3rd race so i'll take it ;)

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job guys!

6:31 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

Great job today! I hope Brian's feet are feelin better! :) On to Martinsville! =)

6:57 PM  
Anonymous mouse said...

Yeah, the hybrid comment was my (apparently) lame attempt at humor. I'm certainly not trying to take anything away from the good weekend! :o)

7:28 PM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Awesome Job Team Red Bull. You guys looked awesome today. Hope your feet and bottom get feeling better soon Brian. Go Gett'em at Martinsville Team Red Bull.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job to all of the Red Bull boys. A top 15 for this Bristol race is very solid and is one step closer to getting in the top 35.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all, brian doesn't have a prius, he has a lexus hybrid. second of all, it wouldn't kill some of you guys to take a little interest in our environment. i don't care what everyone says brian, you drive any hybrid you want, just as long as you drive that camry into victory lane!! great job today -- as usual!! seriously, did toyota only give you the good cars or are you the only one that can drive??

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Shut Up and Race said...

OMG! Stay on subject guys, and that is that TRB rocked at Bristol! I had such a blast in the stands watching and cheering (Yes, I was the only one in my section), but I was fully decked in all my new RED BULL gear that I got at the souvenir trailer and PROUD! WTG!!

Can't wait for next week. Nice work guys. ALL of you.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Brian! The guys weren't literally supposed to light a fire under TRB's butt. Congrats!

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to be there when the checkered flag waved AJ. Great job TRB getting him back to log some laps. By the way, AJ's ahead of Michael Waltrip in points. I think that's hilarious.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut up and Race: What kind of goodies did you see at the Red Bull Trailer?

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ you did a great job for your first race!!! You stayed out there with the big boys, and showed them that you can be out there without taking out half the field. Hopefully that earns you some respect among the drivers. It was great to see so many drivers wishing you good luck and offering their advice. They really want you here! Keep up the momentum, one down and lots to go....but now you've got a start. Best of luck next weekend.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations AJ on finishing your first race - great job by your crew to get you back out there so you could take the checkered flag! Now lets do it again next week!!!!

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I agree. AJ learned a lot by running over 400 of the 500 laps. Good experience. Same goes for the team. Good job getting AJ back out on the track. Saw the pit crew stretching on the SPEED pre-race show while AJ was being interviewed. AJ mentioned the guys were quite "hairy" after the DNQ's and had finally shaved. Got any pictures of the scrufty crew? Keep the positive attitude and good luck next week.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Way to go Brian and AJ!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Shut Up and Race said...

To Answer Anon: The trailer wasn't fully decked like the others yet, but they had enough to offer! Hats, both t-shirts and long sleeve shirts, several styles of ladies shirts, license plates & license plate holders, key chains, pub-type sign, etc. They said they are expecting more variety to arrive any day!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those people who don't think racecar drivers aren't athletes--go attempt to do what Brian acomplished yesterday. It amazes me how they can drive 500 laps under any conditions let alone when you're burning up! Brian, I'm in awe! You did an outstanding job. Good luck on Friday!!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found this great article that someone wrote about Brian...Enjoy!!!

http://www.cupscene.com/032607lead1.htm

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im so proud of Brian, he went through it and got a good finish...Im proud to call myself a fan of BV...the article was very good

1:11 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Love that article! Thanks for posting.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Great job BV! What a way to hang in there. You'll be in the top 35 in no time!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Wow! Major props to BV for sticking it out! Here's hoping he's feeling good and ready to go out there and win at Martinsville!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Ditto to anonymous about people not thinking that drivers are athletes, I just read online that Brian suffered some 1st and 2nd degree burns on his feet. Tell me racing doesn't get physical!

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nascar fans dont drive hybrid cars

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neither should nascar drivers

7:13 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

Welcome to the U.S.A. where you can drive whatever you want. Now, back to racing...

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey brain its sean penn i drive a hybrid car and hate america, great job

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you cant drive a hybrid car brain then get on your jet to go to races think my friend,just get rid of your hybrid car and everything will be fine.what next your going to hug a tree?

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shouldnt hybrid and prius drivers not be on a racing web sites,shouldnt they be out hugging trees,burning american flags or protesting the war

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UMMM HELLO PEOPLE ITS A FREAKING NASCAR SITE DONT TALK ABOUT HYBRID CARS...IT DOESNT MATTER ANYWAYS...IF SOMEONE WANTS TO DRIVE A HYBRID CAR THEN THATS THERE BUSINESS...SO BE QUIET AND BE DONT WITH IT ALREADY

HOPE BRIAN FEELS BETTER!!!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brain drives a hybrid ,not nice

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DONT CARE WHAT YOU DRIVE ON THE HIGHWAY . BUT YOU ARE A REAL RACECAR DRIVER. YOU DROVE A GOOD RACE. I WAS HOPING FOR A TOP 10 , BUT A TOP 20 WAS GOOD. GREAT JOB TO ALL THE GUYS. PIT CREW YOU WERE GREAT TOO

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That just shows his love for the sport and the man he is...he started something and he was going to finish it.

Hope you feel better Brian!

4:50 AM  
Blogger jason said...

Anyone catch the Boris Said interview on "Nascar Now" on ESPN? He said the exhaust problem was not a problem of the COT car but was the 84 team's fault. Then the next question was about CO2 problems that a lot of driver's experienced and he said that that is something they need to correct on the COT. That guy is such a hypocrite. I'm glad he switched to being an announcer he wasn't much of a driver.

2:47 PM  
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